Steve has always had an extraordinary drive for excellence. A Brooklyn N.Y. native, he excelled in both the classroom and the athletic field while attending Lynbrook Senior High School. Although he was the Senior class scholar/athlete award winner, he was always most proud of being voted by his peers as the person in the senior class with the best personality. Upon graduation Steve went on to matriculate at the University of Delaware where he earned a BS in Accounting. After spending 4 very happy years in Delaware, he headed back to New York to start his business career in the Manhattan office of the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse . After a short stint in accounting, Steve was convinced that he was best suited for a career where his natural ability and love to work with people was a focal point of each day. To that end, he accepted a sales position with the Fortune 500 company Armstrong World Industries where he excelled, winning numerous prestigious corporate awards while also leading the United States in sales volume in his division. As he rose quickly through the corporate ranks, he accepted promotions with increasingly more responsibility, Steve was approached one day by a small customer, Bob Wagner, who had become a a close friend. Bob wanted to expand his small family floor covering business and thought Steve’s skill set would be a perfect fit to help him accomplish his goal. Although this opportunity totally caught Steve by surprise, he accepted the offer and has been an instrumental part over the last 30 years in growing Bob Wagners Flooring America into a regional powerhouse employing more than one hundred people.
Steve’s drive for excellence has always served him well but that drive has now turned in to a passion for enhancing the quality of life for young men battling the disease of addiction. He is committed to creating a world class program that will change current views on what effective addiction recovery programs look like in the U.S. His finely honed business skills combined with his interpersonal skills and ability to build and lead a team make him uniquely qualified to do exactly that at the Manor of Hope.